Brian May, Partner
- Former Chief of Staff to Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office and to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
- Over three decades experience in political consulting and state & local government lobbying, with expertise in large real estate and economic development projects
- Real estate investor, restauranteur, and blockchain innovator
Prior to representing private-sector clients in Miami, Brian May spent a decade working in state and local government and politics at various high-level positions. He is a well-recognized expert in Florida politics and government, specializing in the areas of local government procurement, real estate development and land use, technology, transportation, public budgets, issue management, message development, and community engagement.
He has an expertise in representing complicated real estate development projects in securing land-use, zoning, permitting, and transportation entitlements from local governments and state agencies. Brian has worked to close the deal to build the American Airlines arena in Miami, led the Miami Dolphins’ negotiations with Miami-Dade County on a public-private partnership to modernize Hard Rock Stadium, and was the architect and lead consultant for the establishment of ride-sharing model regulations in South Florida, most recently, Brian played a key role securing the approvals to make the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix a reality.
Before launching his local government career, Brian has a number of successes in Florida’s Capital City, assisting the then-Department of Insurance with the first depopulation of Citizens’ Property Insurance Corporation during his tenure with Florida Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson. Brian was also recruited to manage a number of statewide referendum campaigns, including Florida constitutional amendments to require mandatory background checks at gun shows, and the establishment of public pre-k education for Florida four year-olds.
In addition to his main focus as a public affairs professional, Brian is an owner in the iconic Red Fish Grill restaurant in Miami, an investor in a number of real estate projects, as well as a founder of Reserve Block Foundation, a block chain dedicated specifically to the creation of NFTs.
Brian is a graduate of Furman University with degrees in political science and philosophy and holds a Certificate of Real Estate Investment Analysis from New York University. He also serves on the board of the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, as Vice Chairman of the South Florida College Football Playoff National Championship Host Committee, and as Chairman of the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council.